Team India failed miserably to put on a collective performance, a sort of rhythm that they are good at turning up quite often at their fortress. Sri Lanka finally found the answer to their questions to come out on top in a bid to beat the dominant Indians by 7 wickets at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India’s No.4 batsman Dinesh Karthik created an infamous record which he would like to get over with it by putting on a solid performance in the games to come. An unsatisfying 18-ball duck from Dinesh Karthik saw him register a longest duck in ODIs that is not the one to remember at all.
Earlier, the former Indian skipper and current CAB President, Sourav Ganguly stressed the fact that Dinesh Karthik should bat at No.4 as long as he is performing. Coming in at that position, one can’t afford to play dull innings for long and get out for not scoring.
Though Dinesh Karthik had a decent outing in Windies tour as well as the home series against New Zealand, he couldn’t cope with the pressure of being consistent in that position. But the team’s lacklustre performance questioned every player’s statistics in which the fans singled out Dinesh Karthik as the scapegoat for the team’s low profile performance as he is coming in that important batting position.
Dinesh Karthik has a point to prove when India lock horns with the resurgent Lankans in the second ODI fixture at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali on December 13 (Wednesday).
Here is how Twitter slammed Dinesh Karthik’s longest ever duck in ODIs:
Why MR Dinesh Karthik is in the India ODI team,Don’t we have better players than him….strange selection @BCCI # Indian selectors
— Arun ku Sahoo (@arunksahoo) December 10, 2017
Dinesh Karthik 0(18)
Imagine the outrage if Dhoni had got out after the same! #INDvSL
— Virat 🏏 (@ViratsSena) December 10, 2017
18-ball duck for Dinesh Karthik today – the longest by an India batsman in ODIs.
Previous: 17 balls by Eknath Solkar v Eng, The Oval, 1974. #IndvSL
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 10, 2017
Why have they got Dinesh Karthik back from his grave? He surely can’t be the future! Nor can he be a middle-order choice for overseas! He couldn’t play a single ball here, looked so embarrassing! Dhoni doesn’t need backup, he’s super-fit! And there’s Rahane sitting on the bench!
— Birsa Dasgupta (@BirsaDasgupta) December 10, 2017
Dinesh Karthik's first 15 balls would never convince you. #INDvSL
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 10, 2017
Highlight reel of wickets…. Dinesh Karthik's walking LBW looks worst of the lot. Atleast others got some bat on it, even if that's no consolation. #IndvSL
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 10, 2017
— Jasdeep Singh (@JassiYuvian12) December 10, 2017
Dinesh Karthik now holds the record for the longest duck (most balls faced) by an Indian. 18 balls!
— Nikhil Mane 🏏🇦🇺 (@nikhiltait) December 10, 2017
India's 16 for 5 includes an 18-ball duck for Dinesh Karthik
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 10, 2017
So Dinesh Karthik had 18 opportunities to score, but failed in all. Kind of like a first year cultural fest weekend.
— Aayush (@slicesofIife) December 10, 2017
— Mahadev Parameswaran (@empeewarren) December 10, 2017
Congrats @DineshKarthik For breaking the record of Longest Duck
— Ayan Roy Choudhuri (@AyanRoyChoudhu5) December 10, 2017